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Nordic workshop on Shore Connections

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The maritime energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is in progress and the low hanging fruit is the use of electricity in port for auxiliary power and battery charging.

The Nordic region is a frontrunner in the maritime energy transition. At the workshop we will hear about the status for the use of on shore power supply, international standardisation, technical challenges and meet suppliers of solutions.

The workshop is hosted by the Norwegian shore connection forum facilitated by NEK and the MAREN project founded by Nordic Innovation. Partners are Swedish Maritime Technology Forum (SE), RISE (SE), Renewable Energy Cluster (NO), SINTEF (NO), VASEK (FI), Danish Maritime (DK) and Icelandic New Energy (IS).

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Leader of the Norwegian shore connection forum
Arild Røed

Introductions of the Norwegian forum for on-shore power supply.

Bjarne Rygg, Hurtigbåtforbundet
Hurtigbåtforbundet CEO (association for high speed passenger ferries)
Bjarne Rygg

Hurtigbåtforbundet is a Norwegian industry organization with 56 members within ship ovners, yerds, consultants and suppliers.

Eirill Mehammer, SINTEF
SINTEF Research Scientist & Representative SINTEF EU Office
Eirill Bachmann Mehammer

Fishing fleets are targeted for electrification in many parts of the world. These vessels represent a large potential for emission reductions by transitioning from fossil to hybrid or electric propulsion. However, this requires the introduction of safe and reliable battery charging infrastructure along the coastline.

The purpose of this talk is to give insight in relevant connector solutions for electrical charging of fishing vessels and their advantages and limitations, as well as comparing them with respect to desired characteristics such as cost, safety, usability, capacity, and flexibility.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration Senior Advisor
Einar Bjørshoel

The Norwegian Coastal Administration ensures safe and efficient traffic along the coast and into ports, and is responsible for the national emergency preparedness against acute pollution.

The EU’s “Fit for 55” is the world’s largest climate package, and it aims at cutting the Union’s greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent by 2030. The package includes several initiatives which directly or indirectly will lead to increased use of shore power and a broader deployment of shore-power facilities. The presentation will provide an overview over relevant legislation underway in the EU, and give a preliminary assessment of how the initiatives might affect Norway.


Thomas Høven, Siemens-Energy
Siemens-energy / Convener for the IEC/IEEE/ISO group that develops the IEC/IEEE 80005 standard for utility connections in port
Thomas Høven

SIEMENS Energy AS has supplied batteries and all control systems to Color Hybrid, the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship, sailing between Norway and Sweden.

And they played the major role in supplying the electrical storage solution and power management system for the largest all-electric ferry, operated by the ferry company Bastø Fosen on the busy Oslo Fjord.

Henrik Strand, SINTEF
SINTEF Research scientist
Henrik Strand

In the industry research project ElMar, a web tool is being developed for the comparison of the cost of connecting to shore power versus the cost of generating electricity on board vessels. On the shore side, the tool takes into account factors such as electricity spot prices, power grid tariff structures, investment and maintenance costs. On the vessel side, the tool includes factors such as fuel prices, engine efficiency, port taxes, pollution fees and environmental discounts. The purpose of this talk is to give insight in the mechanisms that influence the price of power, both on shore and on board.

Technical director, Danish Maritime
Valdemar Ehlers

Danish Maritime is the meeting place for Danish producers of maritime equipment and ships. The association initiates cooperation between member businesses in a variety of areas including research, development and inno­vation, and it promotes favourable conditions for the Danish maritime industry. It is a centre of knowledge, furnishing member companies, public authorities and the media with the latest relevant information on the maritime sector.

  1. Introduction, current state
  2. Cleaner ports and less emissions from ships
  3. Developments & society expectations
  4. Example & experiences from operation of Danish ferry “Ellen”.

Nicole Costa
RISE-Research Institutes of Sweden
Nicole Costa, PhD

The pursuit and adoption of alternative solutions in shipping is underway with the vision of reducing or eliminating ship-borne greenhouse gas emissions. In this transition, onshore power supply (OPS) and shoreside battery charging (SBC) are being increasingly implemented in Swedish harbours. Two national projects, KAJ-EL and SeaCharging, have investigated the solutions, particularly the technical criteria, the challenges, and the organizational factors that can lead to successful and compatible technology and governance choices. In both projects, a qualitative research approach was applied. Interviews and workshops were held with industry actors. The results pointed at the complexity of decision making in these areas, associated with the technical intricacies of putting together optimal infrastructure for the specific ship and quay, with the uncertainties related to the business and financial side, as well as with the wide network of actors involved in decision making, installation, operations, maintenance, and management.

Jörgen Karlsson, ABB
ABB, Head of Marine Sweden
Jörgen Karlsson

Ports have various challenges when planning for future shore connections. ABB share their experience in electrification, power generation, grid management and energy trading.

Svetlana Hansen, Fjuel Bodø
Svetlana Hansen

Three larger Norwegian harbours; Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø together with two power companies established Fjuel in October 2022. The aim of Fjuel is to empower harbours with insightful access to actionable data.

Fjuel is a software company that simplifies the operation of shore power installations and other energy infrastructure. Our platform turns internal and external data into customer value by reducing risks, process automation and making data actionable for users. The result is profitable operation of the plants where the onshore power installations work and be used by customers.

Maria Bos, Plug
Maria Bos

Plug is a Norwegian company that offers shore power In partnership with the ports. We are a driving force for a more environmentally friendly shipping in both Norway and internationally.

Plug was established in 2018 by Norway’s largest cruise port Bergen Havn, and Western Norway’s largest power company Eviny. Today Eviny and Plug AS invest in the development of shore power with several local ports. The company Plug Bergen AS currently owns and operates all the onshore power plants in Bergen Havn and the company Plug Ålesund AS will build onshore power facilities for cruises in Ålesund.

Cavotec Micro-Controls AS Senior Consultant
Mats Tegnér

MCS is a modular solution, featuring either manual or automated connection to the vehicle inlet, and providing up to 3MW charging power with a single MCS connector.

The MCS can be used to charge all kind of heavy-duty vehicles, such as agriculture and construction vehicles, heavy-duty trucks, e-vessels, and others, wherever fast and powerful charging is needed.

Peter Castberg Knudsen, PowerCon
Peter Castberg Knudsen

PowerCon provide electrical engineering, design, construction, installation, and commissioning; covering all aspects within software, hardware, mechanics, electronics, and related fields. PowerCon supplies both high and low voltage shore power solutions and covers all vessel types, from the largest cruise ships to container ships to smaller fishing vessels and ferries.

Leader of the Norwegian shore connection forum.
Arild Røed


31.01.2023 fra 10:00 til 17:00
Clarion Hotel The Hub, Biskop Gunnerus gate 3, 0106 Oslo, Norway

Participate in person or view livestream kr. 2.000,-. Optional Dinner at 18:30 kr 990,-.
Students can participate for free virtually. Contact NEK for more information.

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MAREN (Maritime Energy Transition in the Nordic) is a Nordic network cooperation. The partners are Swedish Maritime Technology Forum (SE), RISE (SE), Renewable Energy Cluster (NO), SINTEF (NO), VASEK (FI), Danish Maritime (DK) and Icelandic New Energy (IS). The network project is funded by Nordic Innovation.

NEK is the Norwegian member of IEC and CENELEC, which represents international and European standardization respectively. Among many aspects NEK address standardization and framework challenges in the deployment of shore connection, such as administering the Norwegian shore connection forum with approximately 200 participants.